El Libro De Caló: The Dictionary of Chicano Slang. Harry Polkinhorn, Alfredo Velasco & Malcom Lambert, compilers. ISBN: 0915745194. $22.95.
The most authoritative dictionary and guide to understanding the dialect popularly spoken by Mexican Americans, Tex-Mex, Hispanos, and Chicanos in the Southwest. It includes user's guide, concordance from the English to Caló. It includes index & concordance. Caló originally defined the Spanish gypsy dialect. But Chicano Caló is the combination of a few basic influences: Hispanicized English; Anglicized Spanish; and the use of archaic 15th-century Spanish words such as truje for traje (brought, past tense of verb 'to bring'), or haiga, for haya (from haber, to have). These words were left in isolated pockets of Northern New Mexico and the Southwest, especially New Mexico, by conquistadores españoles.Highly recommended. LA RED Columnist.